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Mercury transit










Pupils from St Peter’s School have been viewing the transit of Mercury with help from York Astronomical Society.

Occurring when Mercury comes between the Earth and the Sun, the transit is seen as a black dot moving across the face of the Sun.

Clifton pupils viewing the Transit of Mercury

York Astronomical Society brought numerous solar telescopes and projector screens to St Peter’s School to view Mercury’s movement.

The transit began at 12.12pm and lasted for seven and a half hours. Pupils from Clifton School and Nursery, St Olave’s School and St Peter’s School saw the movement through the telescopes and spoke to the Astronomical Society about the event.

St Olave's pupils learning about the Transit

David Morris, Head of Science at St Peter’s School, said: “This is a very exciting date in the astronomical calendar. Following the Solar Eclipse last year, this is a fantastic occasion to bring the whole School together. I want to thank York Astronomical Society for providing equipment for our pupils to see the transit, and answering the many questions they asked with such information and enthusiasm.”

Transits of Mercury occur roughly 13 times a century - the next two will take place in 2019 and 2032.